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Grade 2C - Ms. Whalen
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) promoting respect for all things and all people, and (3) encouraging children to learn through their personal learning style so that information will be retained for life. Providing students hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson studied and creates an opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to occur. Learners vary not only in abilities, but also in learning styles. My role as a teacher is to give children the tools with which to cultivate their own gardens of knowledge necessary to be a successful person.

Equally important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one's life and interests. Developing a curriculum around student interests fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. I am a strong advocate of hands-on and minds-on learning because I understand that providing a variety of activities is essential to the learning process. When students have ownership of the curriculum, they are motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary for them to reach their goals.
In setting fair and consistent rules initially and stating the importance of every activity, students are shown respect for their presence and time. In turn they learn to respect themselves, others, and their environment.
One of my hopes as I life-long learner and teacher, is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them.

I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) promoting respect for all things and all people, and (3) encouraging children to learn through their personal learning style so that information will be retained for life. Providing students hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson studied and creates an opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to occur. Learners vary not only in abilities, but also in learning styles. My role as a teacher is to give children the tools with which to cultivate their own gardens of knowledge necessary to be a successful person.

Equally important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to study things that are meaningful and relevant to one's life and interests. Developing a curriculum around student interests fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. I am a strong advocate of hands-on and minds-on learning because I understand that providing a variety of activities is essential to the learning process. When students have ownership of the curriculum, they are motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary for them to reach their goals.

In setting fair and consistent rules initially and stating the importance of every activity, students are shown respect for their presence and time. In turn they learn to respect themselves, others, and their environment. One of my hopes as I life-long learner and teacher, is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them.
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